Category Press and Media

I had thought that by the time I reached my 50s the bullying would stop

I still remember all the feelings of being bullied at school – the constant attacks while the teacher wasn’t looking; the general low-level nature of the abuse, so that any reaction was viewed as extreme, but with some peaks where fights break out. All the time you feel powerless. No-one seems to do anything to […]

Today’s Transphobia

Around 10:30 this morning, I received an email from one of the researchers on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme who I spoke with at length last month. He was working towards what turned out to be a half-hour slot on last Wednesday’s programme. In his email today, he wondered what in particular was transphobic in […]

The Morning After the Murray Before

It was at around 9:50am that I realised that yet another Sunday was going to bite the dust, hearing Prue Leith describe Jenni Murray as “brave” for entering the lions den of a debate around trans women. And so yet another of my rare days off was consigned to the dustbin of history. The more […]

Divorcing US parents make their children Republican

Imagine the headline “Divorcing US parents make their children Republican”. You don’t have to, actually – because it’s the headline to this piece. Care to challenge it? Because I’ve got proof. Kellyanne Conway, currently President Trump’s counsellor and the manager for his election campaign, is (a) Republican, (b) the child of divorced US parents. Let’s […]

Section 40 and Leveson 2

The Government has just closed it’s consultation on whether to commence Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and whether to hold Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry. To the uninitiated, commencement is making sure that the law now applies. It’s not enough for it just to receive Royal Assent, the relevant Government […]

Royal Society for the Arts speech

On Monday evening I was invited to speak at the Royal Society for the Arts. My co-panellists were Linda Riley (publisher of Diva Magazine) and Tunde Ogungbesan (Head of Diversity at the BBC). My speech follows: Let me start with a borrowed quote – “Mass media is perhaps the most powerful tool in the world […]

Hope, not hate

It’s been 36 hours since three High Court judges ruled that Parliament must have a say in invoking Article 50. Just 36 hours. In that time emotions have run high across the land. Some of those who voted Remain feel as though they have some good news to celebrate – possibly the first for months […]